Pronto comes from the Spanish word that means quickly. Allegedly, someone in a railway construction crew was told to get there "muy de pronto". Previously, emigrants found good water and the locale was called Dutchman's Wells.
In 1916, a Robert McSherry made a complaint about the cost to ship a quartz mill from San Francisco to Pronto.
In the 1930's there was a station at Pronto.
- Pronto," GNIS
- Vic Neves, "What's in a name? Romance Among the ties of the W. P.", The Train Sheet," March/April 1990, number 42.
- "Biennial Reports of the Railroad and Public Service Commissions of Nevada,]" p. 56, 1914.
- "Reconnaissance of mining districts in Humboldt county, Nevada," Vanderburg, William, 1938.